Shannon Archer

A Gift of Speech

Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP, Recognized by Apraxia Kids™ for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Hours of Operation: During the school year: Monday-Thrusday 3-7, Sundays 12-5 Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday 9-6, Sundays 12-5
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic|Home|Daycare
San Diego, California 92118

Overall Treatment Approach:
   I use the principles of motor learning. I recommend frequent shorter sessions when possible. I use a variety of multi-sensory tools. During therapy I use tactile cuing, visual cues, and auditory cues. This varies on the needs of the child. I also alter cueing depending on the child's mastery level for their targets. I use a combination of random and blocked practice in therapy sessions.

Percent of CAS cases: 10

Parent Involvement:
   For my private clients, I have a rule that parents have to attend therapy. Parents are asked to get a notebook to take notes during the session. I set aside time after therapy has been completed to discuss therapy and home "practice".

Parent Explanation:
   I explain that we start to learn sounds by playing with sounds and babbling. Our brain and our mouth work together to move and create sounds using what we call "motor plans". When we want to move our arm, our brain sends a message to our arm and guides the muscles and tendons in the arm to raise and lower. But when we were babies our brain and arm didn't always work flawlessly. As a figure skater, I had to teach my arm how to make certain forms and move in certain ways during jumps. I had to teach my arm the "motor plans" for that specific trick. When we talk our brain is supposed to tell our jaw and our tongue how to move to make that sound. We don't know why, but we know that there is a disconnect and some children do not develop these patterns for controlling these motor movements. So like I taught my body through practice and falling where to go during a spin, we teach our brain and articulators what to do to create words.

Community Involvement:
   I have been a part of Apraxia walks in Frisco, Dallas, and San Diego. I have also attended CASANA conferences and CAS trainings.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 3

Insurance Accepted: Yes